Politics Essay

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Andrew Cohen Politics 120 Professor Martin Levin 03/17/2011 The Success of Divided Government Policy Making: The Pestering Third Party The United States is a democracy, where the success of a politician is in the hands of the voter. Any attribute to a politician’s character that a voter may find appealing can be a deciding factor in an election. In the fervent attempt to be reelected, presidents and policy-makers in Washington D.C. strive to obtain power and popularity with the creation of policies that appear both safe and innovative. More importantly, the policy typically is one that makes them look more appealing to a majority of people, even if it is not their true belief or initial standpoint of the topic. The nature of our political system dictates this from our leaders, not only emerging from pressures within the first tier of federal government, but also from Tier Two which in turn will determine the outcome of the election. The competitive drive in politics allows for these attempts for power to be hampered by the epitome of innovate policy-makers: third parties. Third parties and innovative policy measures have contributed to the passage of policies like immigration, tax reform, and welfare reform as seen in the last 40 years. This essay will attempt to explain how third parties assisted in the passing of what were once unpopular or disregarded policies in an era of government deadlock. The format of the federal government requires elections for legislators in the House every two years, and in the Senate every six years. Pioneering in policy-making during the decades of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, came from a general sentiment that individual legislators were able to propel policies that would gain them name recognition among political elites. For the most part, these leaders are constantly engulfed within the perpetual pressures of seeing

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